Achieving Greatness: Meet the 2018 Women of Achievement

by Rick McCartney

Achieving goals is how businesses succeed, and our community has grown from layers of success built upon other layers of success. Powering this is the commitment of those who “can” to help others also succeed — proving the truth of the adage, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” This issue presents our 2018 Women of… [More]

Sharon Lechter, Pay Your Family First

from Sharon Lechter

Last year, In Business Magazine introduced its Women of Achievement honorees in a very well-attended luncheon. Shining a light on, and supporting, women who are making a difference in our business community has long been a focus for me — and I am very pleased to be the Guest Editor of this September issue that… [More]

Use Document Management to Conquer HR Challenges

by Jesse Wood 

Human resources managers are playing a growing role within business expansion; more than ever, they are expected to weigh in on company decisions with executive teams, engage in strategic planning, and foster employee wellness in a world of workers overwrought by personal problems. An HR document management tool can simplify these challenges. As if these… [More]

ROI: Return on Involvement

by Michael R. Solomon, Ph.D.

Imagine this conversation between two shoppers at a car dealership: Consumer #1: “I want the one I read about in the latest issue of Car and Driver magazine: It has a six-cylinder turbo engine, a double-clutch transmission, a 90 strokebore, and 10:1 compression ratio.” Consumer #2: “I want a red one.” Obviously, these two people… [More]

Employers: Reject Sexual Harassment (Part I)

by Ben Hase 

Recent events have brought sexual harassment into the spotlight, but it is no stranger to this kind of recurrence. Employees, employers, courts, attorneys, business owners, human resources professionals and many more have struggled with the topic for decades. It was not until the second half of the 20th century that legislation reflected the desire to… [More]

Communicate the Transformative Impact with Social Return on Investment

by Richard Tollefson and Michal Tyra

For nonprofits, communicating impact and value is crucial. While most businesses answer to a select group of owners, investors and shareholders, nonprofits must justify their existence and performance to a wide range of stakeholders. Donors, program partners, volunteers, board members, legislators, clients and local leaders all want constant assurances that their time, money and influence… [More]

Lennard van der Feltz: Merging Technology with the Art of Financial Planning

by Mary Little

Ask anyone to describe financial planning and you will likely get myriad responses ranging from investing in insurance policies or mutual funds to managing 401(k)s. But the common denominator is typically a pencil-pushing financial professional buried in spreadsheets with the latest trends, best buys and value-added opportunities, many of which are outdated before the ink… [More]

Shoes Power Up Body and Spirit

by RaeAnne Marsh

Athalonz, a 2014 startup based in Mesa, offers first-of-their-kind shoes as a wearable tech product in a field that includes the Apple Watch, Antelope Sportswear and Motus Baseball Sleeve — notable gadgets that have been made to monitor and boost an athlete’s health and performance. Athalonz shoes use physics and kinematics to maximize athletic performance,… [More]

Courses for Entrepreneurs – Online and Free

by BusinessStudent.com

There is a wealth of sources available to help entrepreneurs. Business incubators and accelerators — and free online courses from prestigious institutions such as MIT and other respected colleges and professors, for experience that ranges from first-time startups to seasoned entrepreneurs. The following are five of the “30 Free Online Courses for Entrepreneurs” compiled by… [More]

Consumer Cellular’s Big Box Move Illustrates Trend

by RaeAnne Marsh

The Great Recession of 2008 left a massive overhang of big-box retail buildings exceeding 6 million square feet Valley-wide, reports Ray Cashen of Cashen Realty Advisors. Health clubs, schools, mini storage, offices and healthcare uses have filled many of the big-box vacancies, and, he observes, as the retail market recovers against competition from online retailers… [More]